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Grease at the Kings Theatre - Review

Published: 6th March 2019 12:20

It's the musical that is as much loved now as when it first came to our screen over forty years and judging by the reaction of last night's audience, that love shows no sign of diminishing.

The formidable Portsmouth Players bring Grease to the Kings Theatre this week and fans of the teenage love story set in the fifties need to get down there.

As soon as the main characters walked on stage, straight away you knew who they were such was the attention to detail. It's always the same with the Portsmouth Players though. Their performances in Southsea are as enjoyable as a night out in the West End and their obvious love of what they do is infectious.

The story of Danny and Sandy is well known but it's all the characters together that bring such a fantastic performance to the stage. From sweet natured Frenchie to hardened Rizzo, smoothie Vince Fontaine to cocksure Kineckie, their individual personalities and our knowledge of each of them - and all those famous lines - is what makes this show such fun.

Charlie Frame and Olivia Collins give sound performances as Danny and Sandy with strong vocals throughout. Kimberley Harvey as Rizzo is particularly impressive and her version of There Are Worse Things I Can Do is surprisingly moving. 

The boys' version of Grease Lightning was very satisfying despite a slight prop issue and Beauty School Drop Out was one of the highlights of the show with a dazzling performance from Teen Angel, Stuart Warner. 

Trevor Bratty as Vince Fontaine provided the radio soundtrack to the show and as host of the dance competition, was great fun. 

With a fabulous eight-piece orchestra, lively dancers, colourful sets and musical fun, this is a must for any Grease fan and newbie alike, although if you've never seen it before, where have you been for the last forty years? 

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